Wesley Matthews ready to put the Mavs’ first-round draft pick “right in the fire”

ALLEN – Whoever the Dallas Mavericks select with the fifth overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft, guard Wesley Matthews has a stern message for him.

“We’ve got a chance to make a very good selection – whoever that is.” Matthews told Mavs.com. “We’ve got a chance to add to our roster and to build.

“And whoever it is, as soon as they get here we’re going to put him right in the fire. They’ve got to work, they’ve got to grind and they’ve got to compete.”

The NBA Draft is June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Speaking on Wednesday morning at the Mavs Hoop Camp at Life Time Fitness, Matthews spoke eloquently about the Mavs’ highest draft pick since they chose point guard Jason Kidd No. 2 overall in the 1994 draft. Matthews, however, was also cautious.

“The fifth pick doesn’t guarantee us anything,” Matthews said. “We can’t be just like, ‘Oh yeah, we got the fifth pick, now we’re going to do this.’

“No, we’ve all got to be a part of it – coaches — everybody with the organization, players. We’ve all got to get better — guys that are already here and coming back to make this transition seamless and smooth so we’re playing in the postseason.”

The Mavs were 24-58 this past season and missed the playoffs for the second straight year after advancing to postseason play in 15 of the previous 16 years.